The “Did Someone Order a Parachute?” Dress
Fabric: 2 cotton sheets from Goodwill $3.98. Purple cotton sheeting remnants from making daughter’s curtains.
Pattern: Butterick 5637
Notions: 22″ zip $1.99
Time to complete: 18 hours
First worn: 25th January 2012
Wear again? Definitely, but I might make a smaller one too
Total price: $5.97 (£3.80)
The challenge: “Down Under: This week, we’re mixing it up, seasonally, and sewing a creation appropriate for the totally opposite season”.
I feel like a total fraud. I live in Phoenix, Arizona. No, that’s not why I feel a fraud. It’s because we don’t really have seasons. We have “Hot” and “So hot you want to die”. We definitely don’t have a “Winter”. I envy all the pretty girls in their pretty rainbow tights (pantyhose) and their boots and their layers. That used to be me :( It’s been two years and a bit now since I moved from Shropshire, UK and about this time of year I was stocking up on coal and candles for the frequent power cuts and snowing ins we’d get in February. I love my jumpers, hats and gloves.
Here, now, in Phoenix it’s sunny and 72F/22C…..and yes, this is technically Winter.
Hence why I feel like such a fraud. Yes, I’ve made myself a maxi dress to muck about in when we have our real summer and the temperatures stay above 110F/43C for about 2-3 months….but I’ve seen the rest of you Sew Weekly contributors, taking your pics out in REAL winters, freezing your bits off in your sundresses and did I not spy a certain bikini in the snow…..?
So yes I’ve made myself a dress for technically my opposite season, but please don’t throw stuff at me and call me a cheat because I have the sun out in my photos and I don’t look like my extremities are going blue. Because they weren’t.
But I put a silly hat on in solidarity for all those of you who actually braved real, authentic winter…it made my head hot…..do you forgive me? It also made me feel like a spy….
You can’t see me now for my cunning disguise can you?
Enough silliness….down to the down under “Did Someone Order a Parachute?” dress…. I made it in an XXL because I am an XXL and the measurements on the packet told me to – but it is HUGE! And this is after I took the bodice in and added some rather large darts. But I still quite like it. At one point I thought I was going to resemble Homer Simpson when he decides to gain a lot of weight to gain disability allowance and work from home, you know the episode where he starts wearing the big flowery muumuu….but it actually turned out a little more stylish than that (though Homer is a style guru).
And the gathering…..oh, the gathering. And I’m not even talking about the exciting type of Gathering that summons the Immortals to battle to the death for the Quickening….hands up all the geeks. Nope, This pattern has big and bold on it’s front “Quick and Easy”…..well, it wasn’t too difficult, although I think a total beginner might have a little difficulty getting their head around the neckline gathering….but it wasn’t “Quick”. It seemed to take an eternity rather than a few days pulling all those stitches and trying to make the ruffles sort of even on the two rufflely sections.
But as I say, I like it. And though I might make another one in the next size down…..this big one is the first garment I’ve made this year that I kept on wearing after taking the photos and suspect I will wear quite a bit during the ‘real’ Summer, especially as it might keep me fit, because all I want to do in it is swirl and jump…